Jul 142015

What is VIS?    Volunteers for Issaquah School (VIS) was formed in 1977 by community members as a Non-Profit 501c4 organization that works to promote passage of Issaquah School District (ISD) bond and levy ballot measures.  We are run entirely by community volunteers.

Issaquah School District (ISD) provides high quality education and resources for our students with our bond and levy dollars.   Thank you for continuously voting YES to support our schools. Your YES votes on school bonds and levies shows that maintaining a high quality education is a priority in our community!

To register to vote go to: www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

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Oct 282015

The School Board  will  review and take action on the 2016 ballot resolution #1063 at tonight’s school board meeting, Wed. Oct. 28, 2015  –  7pm, 565 NW Holly St, Issaquah. Meeting agenda and action item,

For full resolution text for review – http://apps.issaquah.wednet.edu/documents/events/660/1063%20$533.5M%20Bond%20Ballot%20Measure%20for%20April%2026,%202016.pdf 

Community comments can be given in person at a School Board meeting or via email to schoolboard@issaquah.wednet.edu

Oct 212015

The School Board reviewed the initial proposed ballot  language at their meeting on Wed. Oct. 14, 2015. You can hear the Board’s 20 minute discussion in full in the podcast (below). There were a few questions by the Board and this ballot resolution will be reviewed and discussed again at the Wed. Oct. 28, 2015 7pm School Board meeting.

Oct. 14, 2015    School Board review and discussion begins at the 42:50 minute mark of the Oct. 14th podcast  http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board/podcast/archive   (42:50-1:02 minute marks)

Next review of Bond ballot resolution will take place at the School Board  meeting; Oct. 28, 2015, 7PM, 565 NW Holly St, Issaquah;  meeting agenda and materials

For full draft – http://apps.issaquah.wednet.edu/documents/events/652/10-14-15%20Draft–Bond%20Election%20Resolution%20(April%202016).pdf

Community comments can be given in person at a School Board meeting or via email to schoolboard@issaquah.wednet.edu

Oct 142015

ISD School Board will review draft language for an April 2016 School Bond ballot resolution at tonight’s School Board  meeting; Oct. 14, 2015, 7PM, 565 NW Holly St, Issaquah;  meeting agenda and materials

Below is initial draft language taken from ISD School Board materials page.

ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 411 KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS _________________________________ RESOLUTION NO. _____ A RESOLUTION of the Board of Directors of Issaquah School District No. 411, King County, Washington, providing for the form of the ballot proposition and specifying certain other details concerning submission to the qualified electors of the district at a special election to be held therein on April 26, 2016, of a proposition for the issuance of its general obligation bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $533,500,000 or so much thereof as may be issued under the laws governing the indebtedness of school districts for the purpose of providing funds to construct, equip, modernize and make certain capital improvements to the facilities of the District and authorizing the Superintendent to submit a request for eligibility for the Washington State School District Credit Enhancement Program.

For full draft – http://apps.issaquah.wednet.edu/documents/events/652/10-14-15%20Draft–Bond%20Election%20Resolution%20(April%202016).pdf

Community comments can be given in person at a School Board meeting or via email to schoolboard@issaquah.wednet.edu

Oct 072015

The Issaquah School District Superintendent provided the Board of Directors the following recommendation and rational for his recommendation on Wednesday,  June 24, 2015 during a Board work study session.


Rationale for Superintendent $533,500,000 School Bond recommendation:

Following a review of the projects, and building on the great work adopted by the 2016 bond feasibility committee, Mr. Thiele decided to make two changes to the proposal adopted by the committee.

The first is an increase in the contingency/future project reserve by $8M, an increase from the $12M in the committee adoption.  This was added due to the heightened concern about the inflationary environment that may take place during the construction of the proposed projects.

The second increase in the Superintendent’s recommendation was an additional $7M for the expansion of Clark from its currently planned 28 classrooms to 32.

The result is a bond proposal that now totals $533.5M (a net increase of $15M) from the committees adopted proposal.  The tax impact is an estimated $.03/1000 beginning in 2021 and ending in 2028.

Bond recommendation materials can be found online at 2016 School Bond Feasibility.

Community comments can be given in person at a School Board meeting or via email to schoolboard@issaquah.wednet.edu

Next School Board meeting is Wed. Oct. 14, 2015 at ISD Admin Board Board – 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027

Sep 252015

School Board voted unanimously for the Superintendent to prepare an election resolution for a $533,500,000 bond measure targeted for an April 26, 2016 ballot measure.

Sept. 23, 2015    Podcast of School Board vote on 2016 School Bond measure. Discussion and vote begins at the 19:50 minute mark of the Sept 23rd podcast  http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board/podcast/archive

Sept. 9, 2015      Podcast summary of School Board work study on 2016 School Bond proposal.  Summary is first 20 minutes of the Sept. 9th podcasthttp://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board/podcast/archive

June 24, 2015    Podcast summary of School Board work study on Superintendent Theile’s 2016 School Bond recommendation. The Superintendent recommendation is for a $533,500,000 School Bond measure.   Summary is the first 18 minutes of the June 24th podcast:  http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board/podcast/archive

May 6, 2015      The Bond Feasibility Committee completed their work and submitted a School Bond recommendation package of $518,500,000 to the Superintendent.

Documents for review-

Superintendent Bond recommendation.

Bond Feasibility Committee recommendation.

Projected 2016 Bond Tax Rate Scenarios

Sep 222015

Bond Resolution Authorization on the School Board Agenda Wed. Sept 23, 2015     http://apps.issaquah.wednet.edu/events/ViewEvent.aspx?ID=648&KEY=rWf7045K

Advance Notice of September 23, 2015 Motion Directing Superintendent to Prepare a Resolution for a Bond Measure – Board

Action to be taken: I move the Board direct the Superintendent to prepare an election resolution for an April 26, 2016 ballot measure. This resolution will be for a bond measure in the amount of $533,500,000 as recommended by the Superintendent.

The ISD Bond Committee held meetings on April 1, 15, 29 and May 6, 2015. Public input was received during the Bond Committee meetings and via emails. Based on the committee’s findings it was unanimously agreed by the committee that a bond measure should go forward to the Superintendent for his review. Additional discussions were held during a work/study session on June 24, 2015, the ISD Board Retreats on August 27 and 28, 2015, and a work/study session on September 9, 2015, all of which were open to the public.

It is now anticipated that the Board will direct the Superintendent to prepare an election resolution for a ballot measure for an ISD Bond to be included in the April 26, 2016, King County election.

Superintendent Recommendation –  http://issaquah.wednet.edu/docs/default-source/district/bond/2016/superintendent-39-s-bond-rec-2016.pdf?sfvrsn=2

The Issaquah School Board will consider taking action to authorize the Superintendent to prepare a school bond resolution at the Wednesday, September 23 school board meeting. This follows the recommendation to the board made by Superintendent Thiele, based on the work of the school bond feasibility committee that met last spring. The board has held subsequent work study sessions and received public input from the bond committee meetings and via emails. For more information, please refer to the 2016 School Bond Feasibility page on the ISD website. Your comments are welcome. Public input is taken at school board meetings, or you may email comments and concerns to: Bond2016@issaquah.wednet.edu.


Sep 212015

Have you recently moved or turned 18? Never registered to vote before?  Register to vote today.  Encourage others who are eligible to vote to register also.

September 22 is National Voter Registration Day.  With so many important issues and elections, we want to help everyone eligible to vote to get registered.

King County Voter Registration   http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/register.aspx



Sep 082015

School Board Work Study Session to Focus on Possible School Bond – Wed., Sept. 9

The public is invited to attend the Issaquah School Board’s work study session on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the ISD Administration boardroom located at 565 NW Holly St., Issaquah.

The work study session will take place prior to the regular board meeting, which will start at 7:00 p.m. The board will discuss the recent proposal brought forward by the Superintendent, Ron Thiele, for a school bond package that includes property acquisition for, and construction of, a new comprehensive high school, new middle school, and two new elementary schools, as well as the rebuild of Pine Lake Middle School and several other major projects. Public input will not be taken during the work study session, however, the school board invites constituents to voice their thoughts, comments, and opinions by contacting the board members directly by email or emailing comments to Bond2016@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Full details of the Superintendent’s recommendation, as well as the work of the Bond Feasibility and Development Committee, are available on the District’s website at http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/2016-school-bond-feasibility

Aug 142015

In its original court ruling, and repeated in later follow-up rulings, the justices have told the Washington State Legislature to find a way to pay for the reforms and programs they had already adopted, including all-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, student transportation, pay for school employees and classroom supplies, and to fix the state’s over reliance on local tax levies to pay for education. Relying heavily on local tax levies leads to big disparities in funding between those school districts that can pay and those that can’t.

We are fortunate that the Issaquah School District community recognizes the importance of covering the funding gap and CAN by continuously passing our Bonds and Levies.  ISD has also been recognized for its fiscal management by earning the highest bond rating of any school district in the state.

To read more of the full story on the Court Ruling to Fully Fund Washington State Education see the following news sources:

Deatils of the $100,000 a day fine and text of ruling.  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/politics-government/article31008225.html

Seattle Times   http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/supreme-court-orders-100000-per-day-fines-in-mccleary-case/